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Guatemala City fire razes 500 shops in 'La Terminal' market

Guatemala City — No one was hurt, but more than 500 local shops were destroyed Tuesday when a fire swept through the main market in the Guatemalan capital, La Terminal, authorities said. The blaze, which firefighters were still fighting at 6:40 a.m., broke out for unknown reasons around 2:30 a.m. at a spot known as "La Tomatera."

Guatemala's Miller time could be ‘white knight’ for national brewer

GUATEMALA CITY — Two of the world’s largest beer companies are girding for battle over this unlikely country’s drinkers. SABMiller, the world’s No. 2 beer brewer, and Guatemala’s Cerveceria Centro Americana are forming a strategic alliance. That could come just in time: the world's No. 1 brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, looked poised to swallow up more of the Guatemalan market. 

Beer wars, Guatemala edition

GUATEMALA CITY — “It’s a small country, it is pretty feudal, and what you have is a fight for a market,” says a friend of the Castillo family that brews Guatemala’s flagship Gallo beer.

Guatemala bus crash kills at least 43

The bus plunged off a cliff and into a deep river canyon with around 90 people on board. At least three babies were among the dead.

Drive-by shooting kills at least 11 in a rural town in Guatemala

A drive-by shooting in a rural town in Guatemala killed at least 11 people on Satuday.

Mayans to sue Canadian mining company over alleged murder, rapes in Guatemala

The case stems from 2007 and 2009 incidents where security personnel at the Fenix nickel mine clashed with Mayans in land claims disputes.

Genocide conviction of Rios Montt overturned in Guatemala — for now

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt's conviction for genocide was overturned and his trial must begin anew starting from the point in mid-April when a dispute started over which judge should hear the case, the country's highest court said Monday.

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Lessons from Guatemala on how to catch a dictator

GUATEMALA CITY — Elena Caba waited more than 30 years for justice after she was raped and left for dead in a river alongside her neighbors during Guatemala’s bloody civil war. She was 9 when soldiers stormed her Ixil Maya village and pulled her and her father out of their home before torching the town to ashes on April 3, 1982.

Guatemala's ex-dictator gets 80 years for genocide and war crimes

Former Guatemalan US-backed dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide and war crimes Friday in a landmark ruling stemming from massacres of indigenous people in his country's long civil war.
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